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Amtrak Train Derails in Florida

April 18, 2002

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CRESCENT CITY, Fla. (AP) _ An Amtrak train en route from suburban Orlando to the Washington, D.C.-area crashed Thursday, trapping 75 people, a sheriff’s dispatcher said. A congressman said three people were killed, but it could not be immediately confirmed.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla, said National Transportation Safety Board officials told him at least three people were killed aboard the Auto Train, which travels between Sanford, Fla., and Lorton, Va.

A dispatcher at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said 10 cars derailed on the 427-passenger train.

Television helicopter shots showed cars on their sides scattered along the tracks. Firefighters, carrying backboards, were climbing through windows to get inside the cars.

Crescent City is 61 miles north of Orlando.

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